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French senator calls Taiwan ‘country’, provokes China

Taipei: Taiwan should be called a country, a senior French senator said during a visit to Taipei on Friday (October 8), doubling down on previous comments that angered Beijing, which claims the island as one of its provinces. I see it, not the country.

The name Taiwan is a tricky issue. Formally called the Republic of China, it is not recognized by much of the world, which has diplomatic relations with Beijing. Its de facto embassies usually use the name “Taipei” to describe the island, to ensure that the host country does not disturb China.

Meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday (7 October), former French Defense Minister Alain Richard said Taiwan’s representative office in Paris is “doing a great job representing your country”.

In Beijing, the spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry said call taiwan country It was a “gross violation of the universal consensus of the international community, including that of France”.

The spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said: “People like Richard either lack the most basic respect and understanding of the norms of international relations, or they hijack state-to-state relations based on personal self-interest.” condemns and strongly opposes it.”

Speaking to reporters on Friday (October 8), Richard, the head of the French Senate’s Taiwan Friendship Group, acknowledged that telling Taiwan’s representative offices was a difficult issue.

Speaking in English, he said, “It’s a good diplomatic issue, but what’s surprising me is that the name of this island and this country is Taiwan.” “So you know, there’s no big deal in trying to stop this country from using your name.”

He added to the French that the word “country” in French first means a geographical location, not a political one.

The remarks come at a time of growing concern internationally Tension between Taiwan and China Over a period of four days from last Friday (October 8), about 150 Chinese aircraft took off over the air defenses in the east.

Taiwan remains under threat of invasion by China since the defeated Republic of China government fled to the island in 1949 after losing a civil war with the Communists. No peace treaty or armistice has ever been signed.

France only has official relations with Beijing, not Taipei, but maintains a relatively large de facto embassy on the island with diplomats.
Richard, who was French Defense Minister under President Jacques Chirac from 1997 to 2002, has previously visited Taiwan twice.

He is accompanied by three other French senators on his visit this year, despite a stern warning against it this year after the Chinese embassy in Paris made the first visit.

By Naveen Bharat Staff

 

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